Thinking of Buying a Fitness Treadmill? First Get the Facts  


When it comes to exercise equipment one of the most popular pieces of equipment is the fitness treadmill. From walking and jogging to full out running and sprinting a fitness treadmill offers you a variety of workout options to improve your overall health and your cardio fitness.  


If you’re just beginning to think about it or if you’ve already started looking one thing you probably already have learned is that when it comes to fitness treadmills there are a lot of choices. Since this isn’t such a cheap product (like a $3 weight) you want to put some time and effort into knowing the do’s and don’ts when it comes to buying a fitness treadmill before you hand over the cash. 


There’s a lot to consider with buying any type of fitness machine for your home gym but especially a fitness treadmill. It’s important not to compromise quality. If you do you’ll inevitably see or should I say ‘feel’ the lower quality on your body. If you plan to use it to do high impact running or sprinting this is even more true.  


The constant pounding on a treadmill of lower quality will put the job of shock absorption on your body rather than the machine where you want it to be. Your knees, hips, ankles, and other parts of the body will feel it the most. All parts that you really want to feel it the least.  


Let’s take a look at a few of the most popular products on the market today, compare a few of the most important aspects, and you’ll be ready to make an informed decision of which one will best suit you and your individual needs.  



Merit Fitness 725T Treadmill

Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill

Horizon Fitness T101 Treadmill


Each of these treadmills has different features. Let’s explore them now. 


Merit Fitness 725T Treadmill 

This popular fitness treadmill retails for under $500 new and used ones can be found in
good quality for closer to $400. This folding treadmill features 1.25 horsepower motor, speeds ranges of 1 to 10 mph, 0-10% incline, 7 preset programs and a hand contact to track your heart rate which is displayed on the monitor.  

It can hold a maximum weight of up to 250lbs, the machine itself weighs 139lbs, and measures 71 x 31 x 53 inches. Walking area measures 18 inches wide by 45 inches long. 




  Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill   

This machine carries the well known Bowflex name and has a price of about $1,400. This treadmill folds and has a 3.0 horsepower motor, speed ranges of .5 to 11mph, offers a 0 – 12% incline, 15 preset programs, a heart rate monitor, 3 cooling fans, and a unique Strike Zone deck cushioning system for comfort and ease.  


It holds a maximum weight of 300lbs, weighs 298lbs, and measures 83 x 35 x 55.25 inches. Walking area measures 20 inches wide by 60 inches long.



Horizon Fitness T101 Treadmill


This treadmill retails for around $600. It folds and has the patented FeatherLIGHT lift system specifically designed for easy folding and storing. It features a 2.25 horsepower motor, has speed ranges of 0 to 10 mph, inclines of 0 to 10%, 3 preset programs, a cooling fan, and PerfectFLEX for a cushioned walking area. This fitness treadmill also comes with Sonic Sound Surround Speakers with MP3 compatibility.  


It holds a maximum user weight of 300lbs, weighs 169lbs, and measures 70.8 x 33.1 x 54.6 inches. Walking area measures 20 inches wide by 55 inches long.  





These are some of the basic features you want to consider when purchasing a fitness treadmill. Some may be of more concern for you than others depending upon your unique situation.  


Treadmills are one of the most popular pieces of home fitness equipment today and there are literally hundreds of choices. Be sure to select the model that fits your budget and meets your needs. Keep looking if you haven’t found it yet, it’s definitely out there. 



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